Tuesday, November 15, 2011
It Doesn't Sound Like Kenny Expects Buehrle To Be Back
Kenny Williams is in Milwaukee this week for the GM meetings, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll be any major news coming in the next few days, though it is possible. More likely however will be more gnashing of the teeth when it comes to Mark Buehrle.
And if we're going to listen to what Williams said about the situation on Monday, then it doesn't sound like Buehrle will be back with the White Sox next season.
“Listen it’s no secret that he’s been sought after so he has options and I don’t have the details just yet what those options are but he has options,” Williams told Doug Padilla.
“So if it comes down to he’s not here, we got to make the adjustment. That’s just the business of baseball. But it doesn’t mean we like it. It doesn’t mean that’s our preferred course. It doesn’t mean we won’t want him here. Just means this is kind of the way it has to be.”
I don't know how much money Williams will have to slash from the payroll this winter, but at this point, the odds are that the team can't afford Buehrle at this point if it wants to meet its budget.
Especially when you consider that the Marlins, Rangers, Yankees and Red Sox are four teams that are interested in him. One of those teams is going to make an offer that the White Sox just can't match. So unless Buehrle is willing to take a greatly discounted rate to stay in Chicago, I think we need to come to terms with the fact he'll be gone.
Or we can just tell ourselves that since it looks like the NBA isn't going to have a season, and that Reinsdorf doesn't have to pay Carlos Boozer this year, he's got a bunch of extra money lying around and can sign anybody he wants to.
Thanks for your idiocy, NBA!